TPU recently finalized its 2017/2018 budget. The result: It will cost $1.2 billion over the next two years to provide reliable services that customers want and need, operate the utility, maintain assets, and meet regulatory requirements.
Budget setting is a year-long process. It includes things like reviewing and projecting revenues, prioritizing expenses and identifying ways to operate as efficiently as possible. Each of the divisions develop their budgets together with the challenging goal of minimizing rate impacts while making the power, water and rail systems even more safe and reliable. The budgets must ultimately be approved by the Public Utility Board and City Council.
Staff from Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water have proposed 2017/2018 rates for each utility. If approved, new rates will go in effect April 1, 2017.
Public can comment on rate proposal at Feb. 22 Public Utility Board meeting
The Public Utility Board will vote on two resolutions at its Feb. 22 meeting that, if approved, would increase the power and water rates for 2017 and 2018. The board will accept public comments at its meeting.
The following are proposed dates for public hearings with the City Council regarding TPU's 2017/2018 rates. Please check the City Council agendas for confirmed dates and times.
- City Council First Reading: Scheduled, March 7, 2017
- City Council Second Reading & Adoption: Scheduled, March 21, 2017
TPU staff have been engaged in community outreach and presentations about this rate proposal.
Who we are:
- Tacoma Power, Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail.
- While we bill for garbage, recycling, sewer and surface water, we do not set those rates. Environmental Services, a department of the City of Tacoma is responsible.
- More than 90% of our power comes from clean, renewable hydroelectricity.
- We manage our water and power supplies so we can meet customers' needs for decades to come.
- Our water system relies on gravity, minimizing the need for electricity.
- We are stewards of our environment by protecting lands, fish and wildlife.
- We contribute $41 million in tax revenues annually to the City of Tacoma General Fund, which pays for services like Police, Fire and roads.
- We are one of Pierce County's largest employers, providing 1,400 family-wage jobs.
Our overarching rates principles:
- We only bill customers for the revenue required to run our business.
- Our rates are based on the cost to serve each customer class.
- Our rate structure will give customers stable and predictable bills.
For us to support our long-term investments and capital-intensive operation and continue delivering quality water and power, we need to increase our rates as follows. This is a flat rate for all residential customers, and will apply to both 2017 and 2018.
- $5.75 per month (inside & outside the City of Tacoma)
- $1.49 per month (inside the City of Tacoma)
- $1.79 per month (outside the City of Tacoma)
Inside The City of Tacoma
Inside The City of Tacoma
Water Rates Outside the City of Tacoma
We offer residential rebates and payment assistance:
Our commercial rates are based on the cost to serve each customer class. Proposed increases include:
- Contract industrial: 5.4%
- General service: 5.0%
- High voltage general: 8.5%
- Private off-street lighting: 13.0%
- Small general service: 2.4%
- Streetlights and traffic signals: 9.9%
- System average: 5.9%
- Commercial: 4.3%
- Irrigation: 4.9%
- Large volume commercial: 6.9%
- Private fire protection: 1.4%
- Pulp mill: 4.0%
- System average: 4.0%
We offer commercial rebates: